Style - was Re: numpy.repeat TypeError: array cannot be safely cast to required type

Victoria G. Laidler laidler at stsci.edu
Mon Nov 6 16:59:54 CST 2006


Stefan van der Walt wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 06, 2006 at 03:10:20PM -0500, Colin J. Williams wrote:
>   
>> Many thanks.  In general, there is sense in the Python dictum about having one
>> way to do things.  Although, in this case [length] vs length for one dimension
>> doesn't
>> exercise me greatly.  I would be a bit more concerned about synonyms.
>>
>> Nobody has proposed using English yet - zeroes.
>>     
>
> If Cambridge Advanced Learner's is happy with zeros, then so we should
> be:
>
> http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=92164&dict=CALD
>
> zero   Show phonetics
> noun plural zeros or zeroes
> 1 [C or U] (the number) 0; nothing:
>
> I think the American-english speakers on the list outnumber the rest
> of us, so we'd better be careful :)
>   
You know, I spell this wrong at least every other time I use it.
But of course, if we changed it to "zeroes", I'd -still- spell it wrong 
every other time I used it.

Are synonyms really *always* evil????

wistfully,
Vicki Laidler

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